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Restoring 15 Years of Kite Reviews
RaceKites was an example of a collective human effort coming together to build the largest, dedicated online repository of kiting reviews.  In 2019 RaceKites went offline, today I would like to share that the sum of all that knowledge is coming to Extreme Kites.  

Alan Short, the owner of RaceKites was responsible for building and maintaining the platform for nearly 15 years containing over 1500 reviews.  I’d like to acknowledge the thousands of hours Alan put in to the RaceKites community, and his immense generosity in providing that content to Extreme Kites.  
RaceKites as a platform in my opinion was one of the most important online resources available when looking to purchase that never ending ‘next’ kite.  And even when you weren’t, it was still a bloody good read!  With most of the manufacturers either having packed up or moved on from Land Kiting it’s increasingly likely that someone new entering kiting is going to purchase a second hand kite.  Restoring this incredible resource to the Internet gives those individuals access to the information we had years ago when we were making those decisions for ourselves.  

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Freestyle UK Zine 01 Magazine
This Magazine has been digitised by Extreme Kites with the express permission from Andy Preston, the original Publisher/Editor of Freestyle UK Zine.

Table of Contents

Inflight Entertainment [2]
Stacks of shots to inspire and motivate.

Get Off The Fence [4]
Your chance to have your say.

Rider Dossier 1 [5]
Appo and Mark Everitt

Nooz Page 1 [6]
Peter Lynn Core and Kheo Boards

Nooz Page 2 [7]
Radsails Aztec starter kite

Nooz Page 3 [8]
Flexifoil Blade 5 information

Nooz Page 4 [9]
Radsails Savage 2 information

Giving it Beans [10]
Dedicated to those who tear it up

Sessions 1....N Wales [11]
A round up of North Wales action

Sequences Page [12]
Learn how to do the moves, get a magnifying glass.

In Flight Entertainment 2 [14]

Rider Dossier 2 [15]
Will Mckean and "Doc" Green

The Road to Nirvana [16]
How it all began until now PT 1

Vision [18]
Some great shots from the archives of the faithfull.

Ouch [20]
Slams and hurty stuff.

Rider Dossier 3 [21]
"Stupid" Dave and "Icarus"

BKSA Swansea comp results [22]

Rider Dossier 4 [23]
Andy Preston and Mikee

Gone Butch But Not Forgotten [24]

Party Page [25]

Games for Windless Days [26]

Rider Dossier 5 [27]
Sean Turpin and Sukie Robertson

Earbockers [28]
Max air in no wind.

Rider Dossier 6 [29]
Craig Sparkes and Andrew Jones

Mewsick [30]
Killer links for your ears by REPLICANT2009

Rider Dossier 7 [31]
Lewis Wilby and Glen Butcher

Sessions 2 ....Branny [32]
Sylenz gets wet for your entertainment

Nooz Page 5 [34]
Radsails Evo 3 1st test review

Rider Dossier 8 [35]
Mark Berry and Richy Stones

Nooz Page 6 [36]
DarkSkyKites and The Wind Farm

Parting Fun [37]
A happy sionara until next time.

Back Cover
Here is all the info on all the contributors to this first episode of Freestyle UK.
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3D Printed Landboard Parts by Pari
During this COVID lock down and losing employment because of it I decide I liked being home and it was time to start my own business. I bought a 3D printer to help with design projects- prototypes etc.

It’s been fun trying stuff out, and I’m going to see if I can rebuild my old Revo truck board using printed parts.

I’ve designed the main truck housing to use tradition skate truck hole setup as the original Revos have a specific setup which means drilling into your board.

I’ve printed this first test setup with PETG, which it the same plastic used in plastic drink bottles. So I’m hoping they will be less prone to shatter and may have a little flex. 
I also printed the bushings using TPU filament, not an easy thing to get right, damn stuff just wants to keep clogging up the extruder. But I managed to get two pairs done and they are a perfect fit, if a little stiffer than I want at shore 30D.

I’m no plastics expert, so I don’t know what to expect when I try them out. The wheels may break as soon as I start kiting, the truck housing could just shatter on my first turn- no idea.

But I’ve got new tires and tubes, will re- laminate my favourite board, probably treat myself to some new bindings and see if I can make it work.
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Extreme Kites moves to .ORG
It’s no secret that Land Kiting over the past decade has suffered a loss of momentum, as the number of kiters has reduced the fragmentation of the community has increased.  This has accelerated how disjointed we are as a community from resources that were once easier to access.

Today Extreme Kites has moved to a .ORG domain to clearly signal to everyone that we want you to join us and be part of our community.  To help bring more of us together from all over the world, and in turn hopefully together reconnect and enjoy information and content that we thought had been lost forever.

There’s some amazing projects in the pipeline for this community, the process of recovering the old KiteCrowd website is only step one and arguably one of the easier goals to achieve.  Yesterday I announced the new Downloads Section which is already starting to see some updates. 

Thank you for being a part of Extreme Kites, more updates to keep rolling out  
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Launching the Library : Downloads
Today I’m adding an additional section to Extreme Kites called ‘The Library.’   

The first part of the Library is the downloads area and this is a place where the community can share files, PDFs, Drawings, Line Plans, Tweaks, Manuals and even old brochures that evoke a feeling of nostalgia.  I’ve kept it simple to start and as each category grows they’ll be sub-divided in to clearer and more identifiable categories. 

It’s in its early infancy, however keep an eye on it as I feed more and more information in and encourage you to do the same 👍

Link: https://www.extremekites.com.au/files/
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